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Atal Setu: A Step Toward “Viksit Bharat”

The wait is over! India’s longest sea bridge, the Atal Setu, also known as the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL), finally opened its doors (well, lanes) to traffic on January 12, 2024. Within 12 hours of opening, this “Engineering Marvel” over 8,000 vehicles visited to experience the scenic beauty and the amazing driving experience.

What’s so special about Atal Setu?

  • Length matters: At a whopping 22 km, it’s India’s longest sea bridge, stretching across 16.5 km of ocean and 5.5 km of land.
  • Mumbai to Navi Mumbai in a flash: Cutting travel time from 2 hours to just 20 minutes, Atal Setu bridges the gap between Sewri in South Mumbai and Nhava Sheva in Navi Mumbai.
  • A tribute to a legend: Named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, this Rs 17,840 crore project is a testament to his vision for India’s progress.
  • Six lanes of smooth sailing: Zoom along at 100 km/h (for four-wheelers) on this six-lane highway, ensuring safety.
  • Economy: Atal Setu is a game-changer, expected to boost economic development, improve connectivity, and ease traffic congestion in the bustling Mumbai Metropolitan Region. With over 70,000 vehicles estimated to cross daily, it’s a highway to a brighter future!

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while unveiling the bridge, proudly declared it a symbol of India’s Engineering Marvel and a step towards a “Viksit Bharat” (developed India). The project not only employed thousands during construction but also promised new jobs in the transport and construction sectors.

Development, Economy and Tourism

Atal Setu | Development, Economy and Tourism

The majestic Atal Setu isn’t just a breathtaking sea bridge; it’s a strategic move designed to transform Mumbai’s landscape.

Tourism:

  • Pune Expressway at your fingertips: Access the vital Pune Expressway effortlessly, cutting down travel time to Pune and beyond.
  • Goa Highway Within Reach: Planning a Goa trip? Atal Setu makes it smoother than ever, connecting you to the Goa Highway quickly and efficiently.
  • Navi Mumbai Airport and JNPT within reach: Convenient access to Navi Mumbai International Airport and JNPT port opens new avenues for business and travel.

Boosting Trade and Industry:

Boosting Trade and Industry | Atal Setu
  • Port power: Connecting Mumbai Port and Jawaharlal Nehru Port, Atal Setu streamlines cargo movement, fueling economic growth in the region.
  • Industrial backbone: Faster access to Navi Mumbai’s industrial hubs opens doors for businesses and creates new opportunities.

Safety and Security:

  • Keeping a watchful eye: Over 400 cameras and thermal scanners ensure round-the-clock security on the bridge, keeping everyone safe.
  • Double the protection: Two dedicated police stations, one in Mumbai and another in Navi Mumbai, guarantee swift response and comprehensive security coverage.

Fascinating Facts You Didn’t Know About Atal Setu

Atal Setu, India’s longest sea bridge, isn’t just an engineering marvel; it is built with cutting edge Japanese technologies. Atal Setu is expected to stand strong for 100 years, connecting generations to come.

Here are some of the coolest aspects of this iconic structure:

Environmentally Sustainable:

Unlike typical bridges, Atal Setu’s lights are specially designed to minimize impact on marine life, ensuring a happy existence for our underwater friends.

Believe it or not, the bridge has actually boosted the flamingo population at the Sewri coast! Guess they appreciate the stunning ocean views as much as we do.

This remarkable bridge is built on all three terrains, seamlessly traversing land, sea, and even mudflats. A true symbol of human ingenuity overcoming nature’s challenges.

Steel Titan:

The bridge features India’s first-ever Orthotropic steel deck (OSD) spans, ranging from 65 to 180 meters. These innovative spans combine strength with flexibility, making Atal Setu truly unique.

The amount of steel used in Atal Setu is a staggering 17 times the weight of the Eiffel Tower and 4 times that of Kolkata’s Howrah Bridge.

Standing tall against the elements are the bridge’s sturdy lighting poles. Designed to withstand deep-sea winds and corrosion, they illuminate the path with unwavering brilliance.

History of Atal Setu: From Dream to Reality:

1963: The idea for Atal Setu dates back to 1963 when US consultancy Firm, Wilbur Smith proposed a bay crossing concept linking Greater Mumbai and Mainland.

1972-1978: A committee was formed

2017: MMRDA adopted the project, engineering its procurement.

The project was funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), a testament to international cooperation in infrastructure development.

Toll Rates:

On January 4, the Maharashtra government cleared a proposal to charge a one-way toll of Rs 250 per trip for cars using the MTHL. Here are the toll rates for vehicles that will use the bridge once it is opened to the public.

VehiclesSingle JourneyReturn JourneyDaily PassMonthly Pass
Car25037562512500
LCV/MINI BUS400600100020000
Bus/2-AXLE Truck8301245207541500
MAV (3 AXLE)9051360226545250
MAV (4-6 AXLE)13001950325065000
Oversized15802370397079000

Atal Setu: Bridging the Gap, Boosting Economy

Atal Setu it’s not just a bridge; it’s a testament to environmental consciousness, innovative engineering, and the power of human dreams. This majestic structure stands as proof of progress, connecting not just Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, but also people and possibilities for generations to come.

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